Josh Basseches named new Director and CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, in Canada (ROM) has appointed Josh Basseches as its new director and CEO. Mr. Basseches was previously deputy director of Salem’s Peabody Essex Museum, 35 kilometres northeast of Boston. Mr. Basseches is replacing Mark Engstrom who was appointed to the post in March 2015 after the departure of Janet Carding. Mr. Basseches has two decades of experience in the museum world. Before joining the Peabody Essex in 2004, he was executive director of the Harvard Museum of Natural History, starting in 1998. Earlier, he was a management consultant for various museums and cultural institutions, including Plymouth Plantation in Plymouth; the New Bedford Whaling Museum; and the Lincoln Filene Center at Tufts University. Raised in Washington D.C., he has also been manager of exhibition projects at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and assistant curator of the Kendall Whaling Museum in Sharon, MA. He has a strong interest in 19th century American art and is writing a book, Homer, Whistler, Church and the Paris World’s Fair of 1867. “Josh is a proven leader with a strong vision for museums in the 21st century. We look forward to welcoming him to the ROM and its passionate community, and working with him to realize our ambitious and exciting plans to grow this important institution,” said Bonnie Brooks, Chair of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) Board of...

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Feature Contemporary Art Fair in Toronto

From 22 to 25 October 2015, the Feature Contemporary Art Fair will take place at the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre in Toronto, Canada. This will be the second edition of the art fair which is expanding after the success from the first. It will occupy spaces on the first and second floors of the Imperial Oil Opera Theatre, inviting 30 galleries from Canada, the United States and United Kingdom, selected by the committee comprised of curators and collectors. To name a few galleries exhibiting: Battat Contemporary, in Montreal; Monte Clark Gallery, in London; Georgia Sherman Projects, based in Toronto and Patrick Mikhail in Ottawa (Canada). The organisers of the show are the Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC) which is a not-for-profit organisation whose primary aim is to further develop the recognition and prosperity of the contemporary art market in Canada today. AGAC regroups galleries in Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. Art advisor and collector, Jeanne Parkin has been appointed Ambassador of the fair for a second consecutive year by AGAC. Ambassadors of the fair are art patrons, Ann and Marshall Webb. They have been collecting art together for over 25...

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Russell Monk at Nikola Rukaj Gallery

Until 31 May 2015, Nikola Rukaj Gallery in Toronto, Canada, is hosting an exhibition of works of British-born editorial photographer Russell Monk, entitled “Proximos (2010-2014)”. This exhibition will feature the photographs that Monk has taken of a small community living on the outskirts of San Miguel, in Mexico. Characters featured in the Proximos series include Nico the bus driver, his new baby, Isabelle the matriarch, Carlos the gentle soul, Martine the stone-worker, the Garlic Man, the Hat Man, the Bullfighters, and Salvador and his Rabbit, all of whom combine to tell a powerful story. Monk has spent the last few decades travelling all over the world, and has consequently photographed political campaigns and humanitarian crises. He has worked with numerous NGOs such as Médecins Sans Frontières and Greenpeace. Monk’s work has appeared in many well-known publications including: American Photo, Applied Arts, Communication Arts, Graphis, National Geographic, Time, The Wall Street Journal, Zoom, and the Communications Arts Awards...

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Christopher Pratt at Mira Godard Gallery

From 25 April until 23 May 2015, Mira Godard Gallery in Toronto, Canada, is displaying the work of Christopher Pratt, one of the most important Canadian painters and engravers. Born in 1935 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Christopher Pratt is very aware of his identity, which greatly influences his work. In his paintings, he explores several themes: landscapes, architecture, seaside landscapes, boats, and the human figure. Through his works, he shows us his vision of Newfoundland and makes people reflect upon how progress and the modern world have transformed the island. The artist studied at the school of art in Glasgow from 1957 until 1959. In 1961, he obtained his BFA from the Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. In 1965, he became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and a member of the Canadian Society of Graphic Art. Christopher Pratt currently lives and works in Mount Carmel in Newfoundland. He has been represented by Mira Godard Gallery for 45...

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“20th ANNIVERSARY” at Stephen Bulger Gallery

From 24 March until 25 April 2015, Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto, Canada, is to host a group exhibition entitled “20th ANNIVERSARY”, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the gallery’s opening. Since being founded in 1995, the gallery has hosted over 170 group and solo exhibitions. This exhibition is to display a photograph from every artist that has had a solo exhibition with the gallery over the last two decades. Born in 1964, Stephen Bulger studied at Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts before becoming the founding director of Toronto’s Ryerson Gallery. Whilst working in the photography department of the Ontario College of Art, he founded the Stephen Bulger Gallery, which represents numerous Canadian and international photographers, as well as participating in various art fairs in North America and...

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